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Which Clipper is Right for Me and My Horse?

When it comes to buying clippers for your horse, it’s important to make an informed decision rather than solely focusing on the price. While cheaper clippers may seem tempting, taking the time to research the features, assess the quality, and consider the longevity of the product is crucial. Investing in a reliable and durable clipper will save you money in the long run, as cheaper options may not perform well or be easily serviceable or repairable.

Before purchasing a pair of clippers, there are several factors you should consider:

  1. Horse Clipping Frequency: How often do you plan to clip your horse? If you have multiple horses that require regular clipping, a heavy-duty clipper that can handle the workload is essential. On the other hand, if you have only one horse or pony that needs occasional clipping, a medium-duty clipper with less power may suffice.
  2. Experience: Consider your level of experience with clipping. If you’re a beginner or have limited experience, opting for clippers that are user-friendly and easy to handle is recommended. Some clippers are specifically designed to be quieter and lighter, making them suitable for introducing nervous or young horses to the clipping process.
  3. Coat Type: Different clippers are better suited for specific coat types. If you primarily deal with shorter, finer coats, light duty clippers or trimmers are ideal for trimming and part-clipping. However, if you need to tackle thicker coats, these trimmers may struggle to achieve satisfactory results. They are better suited for tidying up, detailing, and reaching hard-to-get areas.
  4. Power Source: Consider whether you have access to mains power or if you need a cordless clipper. Cordless clippers offer more freedom of movement but may have limitations in terms of battery life and power compared to mains-powered options.
  5. Horse’s Temperament: Take into account your horse’s temperament. Some horses may be more sensitive to noise and vibration, so selecting a clipper with a quieter motor and reduced vibrations can help keep them calm during the clipping process.

Based on these considerations, you can choose the appropriate clipper

Light Duty/Trimmers

These clippers are perfect for trimming and part-clipping shorter, finer coats. They are quiet, lightweight, and suitable for introducing nervous or young horses to clipping. Lister’s light duty range includes the Wahl Pro Ion, Wahl Admire, and Wahl Adelar Pro.

Adelar Pro Trimmer - Smart LED

Medium Duty

Medium-duty clippers can handle all coat types. They provide a combination of power and maneuverability, making them suitable for general clipping. The Lister Star is a lightweight and user-friendly medium-duty clipper suitable for beginners and professionals. The Lister Eclipse, a cordless option, is also available, offering over 2 hours of clipping time.

 

Person trimming a horses coat

Heavy Duty

Heavy-duty clippers are designed for professional users or those who regularly clip multiple animals. They are durable and capable of cutting through coarse or difficult hair without wavering under pressure. Lister’s heavy-duty range includes the Lister Legend and Lister Fusion, which offer more power and are suitable for a variety of applications and coat types.

Fusion Clipper

Factors to consider when purchasing a horse clipper / trimmer:

Consider the weight, balance, and cutting pressure when comparing clippers within each category.

By carefully assessing your requirements and the specific needs of your horse, you can select the right clipper that ensures efficient and effective clipping results.

How often do you plan to clip your horse? If you have multiple horses that require regular clipping, a heavy-duty clipper that can handle the workload is essential. On the other hand, if you have only one horse or pony that needs occasional clipping, a medium-duty clipper with less power may suffice.

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